What is a Birdingpal
This site was created for the convenience of traveling birders and it is constantly being updated. It is difficult to ensure complete accuracy and some mistakes may occur and I apologize, but I take no responsibility for the effect these mistakes may have on any travel plans.
If you become a Birdingpal, please remember the least you can do, is to reply to a request for information and if you do not think you can do that, I would rather not post you as a Pal.
If you are contacted and do not respond keep in mind the following, written by a fellow pal:
What is more important than any one person's not responding is the basic approach and philosophy of the membership. I am a somewhat serious birder and ASSUMED the other pals were too. When I have the opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and the fun of birdwatching with anyone I'm glad to do it. I have the feeling that most 'birders' feel the same. Why would people provide e-mail access to the world in this system, opening themselves up to contact and then not answer another birder? Perhaps they have changed their minds about being a Birdingpal. If they have, they should remove their names from the listing.
Please note: that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and any message to them should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take someone out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be expected you pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
In less developed countries it is often very difficult and expensive to find books or CD's related to ornithology and you may consider such a gift.
In any country, but especially where birdwatching is not very organized and it is difficult to find Pals, I am listing local guides who are paid. Each guide is listed with a short resume, and you decide if you want to contact them.
"Click here to become a Birdingpal"